Joseph Cédéric Mallais

Mallais, Joseph Cédéric – Age 83 of Enfield, passed away July 3, 2018, in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, QEII, surrounded by family. Born in St-Isidore, N.B., of Acadian heritage, Cédéric was an exceptional man, husband, father, brother-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather and overall unique soul. He was the father of nine children, with 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  

A retired member of both the Royal Canadian Air Force and Air Canada, Cédéric was proud of his professional contributions and achievements. In 1957, his bride, the love of his life and eventually his family, moved from Rouyn-Noranda, Que. to Montréal, then to a series of RCAF postings: Rockcliffe (Ottawa); Station Marville, France; Miramichi, N.B.; Bagotville, Que., and finally St-Bruno, before joining Air Canada in Montréal. In 2011, he realized his lifelong dream of returning to Acadie with Monica in Enfield. Cédéric was a mechanic, electrician, plumber, a jack-of-all trades, who would repair a broken car on the side of the road, in his garage, in the middle of a snow storm or a heat wave. He was always there with a helping hand. He also enjoyed golf, bowling and cards with friends and family.

He leaves behind a treasure trove of memories of a life well-lived in the service of his God and his family; in particular, his children, Irene (Carl Olynyk), Frank (Carol), Diane (Steve Farley), Lillianne, Marianne (Jean-Michel Blais), Cedric (Micheline Durepos), Monica (Mike Mildenberger), Charlie, and David (Cathy Brisson). He always had a bright smile and open arms for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, ranging in ages from three to 39 years, proud to talk to them in both English and French; two grandsons carry his name.

Baptized and raised in the Catholic faith, he lived the church’s principles through his family, faith and work as a member of the Knights of Columbus, along with his kindred spirit, his dearest Monica, who predeceased him on September 28, 2016.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be Sunday, July 8th, from 6-8:30 p.m., and a celebration of his life will be on Monday at 11 a.m., both in St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 253 Highway 2, Enfield, with Father Michael Walsh officiating. Donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society.

The family wishes to extend their utmost appreciation for the compassionate care and attention provided to our beloved Cédéric by the staff of 6th floor, Jubilee Wing West, Camp Hill, from October until his passing.

May he find peace back in the arms of his beloved Monica.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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